Fans jumped to CNN commentator Angela Rye’s defense after a Trump supporter called her “ghetto” for criticizing the GOP’s tendency to explain away blatantly racist comments made by President Donald Trump.
The Twitter user’s comment followed a heated debate between Rye and fellow contributor Amanda Carpenter during a Tuesday appearance on “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon. Their discussion on the president’s latest upsetting remark, in which he used the word “breeding” in a tweet about immigrants, quickly devolved into a war of words between the two over who’s to blame for normalizing Trump’s racist rhetoric.
“I think the moment Donald Trump became the Republican nominee they agreed to normalize racism,” Rye told Lemon, calling the party’s policies “woefully horrible.”
“You have to at some point say Donald Trump is the Republican party’s Frankenstein,” Rye said before being cut off by Carpenter. “They have to own this. Amanda, you can roll your eyes but I but I am –”
“Finish your point,” Carpenter interjected.
“I am, I don’t need your permission to do that, okay?” Rye shot back before continuing to lambaste Republicans’ complacency of Trump’s “coded” racism.
The exchange didn’t sit too well with self-professed Trump supporter Joshua Hall, who ripped into Rye for lumping all Republicans in with racists.
“Amanda Carpenter nailed it on CNN,” Hall tweeted. “@angela_rye loves labeling every Republican on the face of the earth as racist when in reality, 0.01 percent of ‘Republicans’ who call themselves white supremacists are actually Nazis. ‘Cousin Angela’ is the true racist – straight outta the ghetto!”
1. Not all republicans are racist.
2. You, however, are. What ghetto am I out of? https://t.co/VEts8G6TpH
— A N G E L A | R Y E (@angela_rye) April 25, 2018
Hall’s comment sparked swift backlash from fans who condemned his racially-charged rhetoric.
You know you’ve effed up, right? Angela will reply to this incorrect tweet. pic.twitter.com/klBa17hSAa
— Indie Christina (@Christi49738072) April 25, 2018
If you were smart enough to really listen, she did not call all republicans racist and just because she says the word “privileged”, people start to jump down her without even listening to what she is saying!!
— Denise Olivas Murray (@diva5013) April 25, 2018
@realJoshuaHall is the “Outta the ghetto” comment based on how you perceive People of Color to speak? Tragic to think of us as a monolith created by bad TV writing… and what’s funny is by you doing so you are showing us clearly WHO the real racist is. Lincoln “better quiet…”
— Saga1™ (@lessgallon) April 25, 2018
Jewish people were straight outta the ghetto too – see where they are now! Every racially based slur used to dehumanize us and degrade our intellectual abilities only strengthen us. @kendricklamar just won a Pulitzer – straight outta Compton!!
— CaliBlue (@CarmeliaAnn) April 25, 2018
You could have simply disagreed with @angela_rye and left it at that. But to call her straight out of the ghetto…no. You are showing ignorance. And I’m not Even her fan…
— Majin O.A.W. (@OAWReport) April 25, 2018
Ghetto? Because she’s black? 🤔
Also, what you said makes no sense. Not all racists are Nazis. Not all racists say “I’m a white supremacist” because they just see it as “fact” not discerning that their “facts” are just raced based misinformation. #YourSlipIsShowing
— Che-nanigans🎈🤡 🔥 (@NM_Che56) April 25, 2018